The Kennewick Irrigation District has joined a purchasing co-op in Texas, hoping to get better buys on vehicles and other equipment.
The board voted Tuesday to approve an interlocal agreement with the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Buy Cooperative Purchasing Program. KID's participation in the co-op comes after discovering 49 other public agencies in Washington have joined.
There are no annual dues, but small administrative fees may apply on individual purchases. The fees are similar to those charged when using the Washington State Purchasing Cooperative, noted Brad Crawford, KID's purchasing agent in a memo to the KID board.
The KID board also on Tuesday approved creating a construction fund for the Bretz Road Local Improvement District in West Richland.
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Twenty property owners in the LID will be charged 3.5 percent interest on the $164,662 debt, which must be paid off in five years.